Flat Bottom Boogie, the speed exhibition held at Club Royal Oak in Kingsburg, CA, was cancelled after flooding from a breached Kings River levee turned the area into a disaster area.
The flooding, which displaced residents in as many as 90 homes along the Kings River, led to the plug being pulled on the event’s eighth annual festival. Located 20 miles southeast of Fresno, Kingsburg’s Club Royal Oak is a popular RV park that hosts the combination show-and-shine, meet-and-greet and go-fast event. The floodwaters resulted after soaring temperatures caused snow to melt into reservoirs and canyons. To deal with the overwhelming amount of melting snow, the U.S. Army Corps increased outflows from the reservoir into the Kings River. The rising waters also flooded other riverside locations, like the Riverland Resort and RV Park in Tulare County.
At press time, the water level was quickly receding and the threat to residents diminishing. Club Royal Oak owner-operator Alan Degenhart announced that Flat Bottom Boogie would return on July 14, 2018.